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November Pastor's Pen

As I write this, the nation is voting. As you read this, we (hopefully) know who our next President will be. Some of us will be happy, some of us will be disappointed. That's the way it is with elections.
This election, more than any other really seems to have brought to the public setting our private conversations about our disappointment and distress with how many people feel about our lives and our country. It just seems like we have less and less control over our lives, that more and more we are focusing on surviving life, rather than living it. Can you relate?
Sometimes it seems the entire world is just going down the toilet. Our very lives and dreams seemed to be flushed away with it every day. We feel the adversity in our world all around us, closing in on us. We try desperately to change our world, but seem never to get anywhere. We seem not to be in control of our world, even our very destiny. Ultimately, the world seems cruel and hopeless.
But wait!
God does not want us to flush all our dreams, our very lives down the toilet just quite yet. Know that God see us and is aware of our pain. Look at Isaiah 66:2 - "But this is the one to whom I will look, to the humble and contrite in spirit, who trembles at my word."
This is the 'Good News' God gives us today and every day. But, if there is 'Good News', then we know there must be 'Bad News' as well. So what is the 'Bad News?'
God knows the unjust manner by which the few in our world oppress and neglect the many, the weak, and the poor. "...because, when I called, no one answered, when I spoke, they did not listen; but they did what was evil in my sight, and chose what did not please me." (Isaiah 66:4)
So never succumb to others making you live your life beneath the aspirations that God has for you.
Dream your dreams into your life and live passionately into that life. And always remember to make part of your life a passionate offering to God. How do I begin you may ask? By never tiring of giving of yourself, by caring and feeding, clothing and curing those less fortunate in our world, by being a peace-maker fighting for justice in our world, by being a guardian protecting and nurturing God’s Garden, our planet.
But don't weaken yourself or go poor doing good either. It is a whole lot of work, so do it slowly in 'baby steps.' Remember, you are not God. The easiest way to achieve this offering is to make it a daily, personal trait. Make it an attitude about yourself, an attitude of being aware and caring for the world around you. It is an attitude we all need to live into for there we will find the true meaning of 'Heaven on Earth.'
You can do this. God's got your back.
With the Greatest of Hope!


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